Herschel Walker in DC this week

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Former football great Herschel Walker and other sports stars will be in the nation’s capital Wednesday to promote National Health Through Fitness Day.

But it’s not just a one-day event. On Tuesday, the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) will host a reception honoring Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) for “their promotion of healthy and active lifestyles in America,” according to a press release.

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The following day, sports celebrities will meet with members of Congress to tout the Personal Health Investment Today Act, which would change tax law to allow for the deduction on pre-tax dollars to cover expenses related to sports, fitness and other physical activities. The bipartisan bill is sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), who co-chairs the Congressional Fitness Caucus.

The lobbying campaign, sponsored by the SFIA and PHIT America, will feature Walker, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic softball player Jennie Finch, Lardarius Webb and Matt Elam of the Baltimore Ravens, former Major League Baseball player Tommy John, and many others.

 

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